If the city name begins with a vowel, de becomes d'

JangirA2Kwiziq community member

If the city name begins with a vowel, de becomes d'

Je viens de Hong Kong.


Why "de Hong Kong" and not "d'Hong Kong" ? Is it because city name consists of two words ?

Asked 1 year ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Jangir, 

This has been asked before and here is my answer to another student -

https://progress.lawlessfrench.com/questions/view/pourquoi-il-n-est-pas-je-viens-d-hong-kong

Bonne Continuation !

MaartenC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

The ‘h’ in “Hong Kong” is an h aspiré and treated as a consonant.  

https://www.lawlessfrench.com/pronunciation/h-aspire/

If the city name begins with a vowel, de becomes d'

Je viens de Hong Kong.


Why "de Hong Kong" and not "d'Hong Kong" ? Is it because city name consists of two words ?

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